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Konstandinos Kawafis

Data urodzenia: 29. Kwiecień 1863
Data zgonu: 29. Kwiecień 1933

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Konstandinos Petru Kawafis – nowożytny poeta grecki; twórca kunsztownej poezji w duchu tzw. parnasizmu i symbolizmu pozostający pod silnym wpływem literatury starożytnej; przedstawiciel greckiego modernizmu. Uważany za jednego z najwybitniejszych poetów greckich XX w. W jego twórczości dominuje tematyka hellenistyczna i osobista. Zapoczątkował nowy typ liryki, pisząc językiem epigramatycznym, zbliżonym do prozy, rezygnując z rymu, rytmu, metafory, ornamentów stylistycznych.

Debiutował zbiorem wierszy Poiemata w 1904. Kawafis niezwykle krytycznie podchodził do swego pisania. Często przerabiał i tworzył nowe wersje wcześniejszych utworów. Ostatecznie pozostawił tylko ok. 200 wierszy. Za życia nie wydał ani jednej książki i był prawie nieznany jako literat.

W Polsce wydano Wybór wierszy , Poezje wybrane , wreszcie Wiersze zebrane – efekt wieloletniej pracy tłumacza Zygmunta Kubiaka. W 2011 ukazał się wybór wierszy Kawafisa w przekładzie Antoniego Libery, w 2013 wybór w przekładzie Ireneusza Kani, a w 2014 tzw. Kanon w przekładzie Jacka Hajduka.

Konstandinos Kawafis był homoseksualistą, czego odbiciem była również jego twórczość zawierająca wiele wierszy o motywach homoerotycznych.

Cytaty Konstandinos Kawafis

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„The people going by would gaze at him,
and one would ask the other if he knew him,
if he was a Greek from Syria, or a stranger.
But some who looked more carefully
would understand and step aside“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The people going by would gaze at him, and one would ask the other if he knew him, if he was a Greek from Syria, or a stranger. But some who looked more carefully would understand and step aside; and as he disappeared under the arcades, among the shadows and the evening lights, going toward the quarter that lives only at night, with orgies and debauchery, with every kind of intoxication and desire, they would wonder which of Them it could be, and for what suspicious pleasure he had come down into the streets of Selefkia from the August Celestial Mansions. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=40&cat=1 One of Their Gods]

„When they saw Patroklos dead
— so brave and strong, so young —
the horses of Achilles began to weep“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: When they saw Patroklos dead — so brave and strong, so young — the horses of Achilles began to weep; their immortal nature was upset deeply by this work of death they had to look at. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=134&cat=1 The Horses of Achilles]

„How quickly the candles multiply that have been put out.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: I look before me at my lighted candles, I don’t want to turn around and see with horror How quickly the dark line is lengthening, How quickly the candles multiply that have been put out. "Candles" [Κεριά], as translated by Manolis, in Constantine P. Cavafy: Poems (2008) edited by George Amabile

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„Just to be on the first step
should make you happy and proud.
To have come this far is no small achievement:
what you have done is a glorious thing.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Just to be on the first step should make you happy and proud. To have come this far is no small achievement: what you have done is a glorious thing. Even this first step is a long way above the ordinary world. To stand on this step you must be in your own right a member of the city of ideas. And it is a hard, unusual thing to be enrolled as a citizen of that city. Its councils are full of Legislators no charlatan can fool. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=145&cat=1 The First Step]

„Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory. And if you cannot curb your ambitions, at least pursue them hesitantly, cautiously. And the higher you go, the more searching and careful you need to be. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=86&cat=1 The Ides of March]

„It will be a great relief when a window opens.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: It will be a great relief when a window opens. But the windows are not there to be found — or at least I cannot find them. And perhaps it is better that I don’t find them. Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny. Who knows what new things it will expose? [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=137&cat=1 The Windows]

„People of Kommagini, let the glory of Antiochos,
the noble king, be celebrated as it deserves.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: People of Kommagini, let the glory of Antiochos, the noble king, be celebrated as it deserves. He was a provident ruler of the country. He was just, wise, courageous. In addition he was that best of all things, Hellenic — mankind has no quality more precious: everything beyond that belongs to the gods. "[http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_115.htm Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini]" (1923) <!-- some of the ironies of the poem are lost with only this portion of it … but so it goes...-->

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„Things impolitic and dangerous:
praise for Greek ideals,
supernatural magic, visits to pagan temples.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Things impolitic and dangerous: praise for Greek ideals, supernatural magic, visits to pagan temples. Enthusiasm for the ancient gods [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=106&cat=1 Julian in Nicomedia]

„Of what’s to come the wise perceive
things about to happen.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Of what’s to come the wise perceive things about to happen. Sometimes during moments of intense study their hearing’s troubled: the hidden sound of things approaching reaches them, and they listen reverently, while in the street outside the people hear nothing whatsoever. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=128&cat=1 But the Wise Perceive Things about to Happen]

„Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes
it brings less joy than one expected.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes it brings less joy than one expected. But at least we've gained this much: we've rid ourselves of hope and expectation.

„He who hopes to grow in spirit
will have to transcend obedience and respect.
He'll hold to some laws
but he'll mostly violate
both law and custom, and go beyond
the established, inadequate norm.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: He who hopes to grow in spirit will have to transcend obedience and respect. He'll hold to some laws but he'll mostly violate both law and custom, and go beyond the established, inadequate norm. Sensual pleasures will have much to teach him. He won't be afraid of the destructive act: half the house will have to come down. This way he'll grow virtuously into wisdom. [http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_130.htm Growing in Spirit] (1903)

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